@DuqMBB Falls at St. Bonaventure
Feb. 21, 2018
OLEAN, NY - Jaylen Adams scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the final 4:44 to lead St. Bonaventure to a hard-fought 73-67 win over Duquesne at Reilly Center.
The win was the ninth in a row for the Bonnies who swept the season series.
There were 14 ties and 10 lead changes before Adams started his late-game binge with a pair of free throws to put the Bonnies up 58-56.
Adams, who went 9-of-9 from the line, added another free throw at the 3:36 mark to make it 63-58.
Duquesne battled back to cut it to two twice, the last coming on a Smith 3-pointer that made it 65-63 with 1:35 left.
Adams answered with a jumper and Idris Taqqee followed a Castro-Caneddy 3-point miss with a dunk with 24 seconds left to put the game away.
Neither team led by more than three in the second half until a pair of SBU free throws at the 4:27 mark.
The Bonnies, who made their first 20 free throws, finished 29-of-33 from the line.
Duquesne, which had one more field goal and three more 3-pointers than St. Bonaventure, finished 18-of-23 from the stripe.
Williams Jr. scored nine of his 11 first half points in the final 9:06 to help the Dukes erase an early seven-point deficit. His put back dunk with 29 seconds left gave the Dukes a 32-30 lead before Adams, who had 13 in the first half, tied it on a short jumper with six seconds left.
The Dukes held Adams scoreless until he began his late game run.
Duquesne returns home to face Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Noon (ATT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh). Final year players Chas Brown, Rene Castro-Caneddy, Eric James and Jordan Robinson will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Saturday's game will also be DU's annual Chuck Cooper Classic, which honors the legacy of the trailblazing former Duke who was the first African-American drafted by the NBA. In addition, the first 500 fans will receive a LeBron James bobblehead.
Eric Williams Jr. finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and a career high-tying four steals.
Jordan Robinson came off the bench to score 11 points in 20 minutes before picking up his fifth foul with 4:27 left. It was Robinson's third double-digit game this season. Chas Brown, DU's other center, was whistled for his fifth foul one minute after Robinson's departure.
The Dukes limited the Bonnies to 2-of-12 from the 3-point arc. The two makes were the second-fewest by SBU this season (they went 0-of-7 in a win over Maryland on Nov. 24).
Duquesne's largest lead was four at 28-24 with 3:27 left in the first half ... St. Bonaventure's largest lead was 73-65 just before a Williams Jr. bucket at the final horn ... Duquesne led for 10:21 and St. Bonaventure led for 22:55 ... the game was tied for 6:44 ... there were 14 ties and 10 lead changes before Adams gave the Bonnies the lead for good on a pair of free throws with 4:44 left.